If discrimination is the foundation base for an organization, isn't it within the realm of "Doing the Right Thing" to speak-out against or denounce any form of discrimination?
The National Associations for the Advancement of Colored People , NAACP, has joined the nation's president and millions in the country who support a person right to marry the one they love.
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Less than two weeks after President Barack Obama announced his public support for gay marriage, a prominent African-American civil rights organization is following suit.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's board of directors voted to endorse gay marriage on Saturday, according to a tweet from NAACP officer
The NAACP Board of Directors has just endorsed marriage equality unequivocally. Only two opposed! An historic moment.
UPDATE (5:15 p.m. ET): National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey released a statement acclaiming the NAACP's decision as a "truly historic moment."
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UPDATE (10:15 p.m. ET): In an official statement, NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous and Chairman of the Board of Directors Roslyn M. Brock commented on Saturday's resolution in favor of gay marriage.
“Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law," Jealous said. "The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people."
“The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure the political, social and economic equality of all people,” Brock added. “We have and will oppose efforts to codify discrimination into law.”
Metro Weekly procured the full resolution from the 64-member unit, which is highlighted by an affirmation of the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause:
"The NAACP Constitution affirmatively states our objective to ensure the 'political, education, social and economic equality' of all people. Therefore, the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens. We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment."
"We are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the NAACP working together on the many issues that affect all of our lives. Whether it be fair access to education and jobs, an end to voter suppression and racial profiling, the right to love and be who we are free of discrimination -- these issues affect all of us, our families and our country. Today the NAACP did what it does so well -- inspires and affirms our common humanity."
LIFE MARCHES ON......